Theresa May has warned ‘Russia is meddling in elections’ by ‘weaponising information.’
In a speech at Lord Mayor’s banquet she said: ‘Russia we know what you are doing’ and confirmed Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will be visiting the country.>William Hill faces £6,200,000 fine for bets linked to criminal activity
May criticised Russia for annexing Crimea, starting conflict in eastern Ukraine, violating the airspace of European countries, and for alleged cyber-espionage including meddling in elections and hacking the Danish Ministry of Defense.
‘You underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us.’
In a strikingly aggressive tone the PM said: ‘Russia is seeking to weaponise information.
‘Deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions.
‘So I have a very simple message for Russia. We know what you are doing. And you will not succeed.’
She added: ‘Because you underestimate the resilience of our democracies, the enduring attraction of free and open societies, and the commitment of Western nations to the alliances that bind us.
‘The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise.’
However, May said she did not want to see a return to the Cold War and hoped ‘Russia would take a different path’.
Mrs May also stressed the need to improve relations with Russia to avoid a return to the Cold War, saying: ‘While we must beware, we also want to engage.’
She evoked the hope that greeted the fall of the Soviet Union, saying Britain and Russia should not be ‘in a state of perpetual confrontation’, and announced that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will visit Moscow in the coming months for talks.
‘We know that a strong and prosperous Russia which plays by the rules would be in the interests of the United Kingdom, Europe and the world.
‘As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, Russia has the reach and the responsibility to play a vital role in promoting international stability.
‘Russia can, and I hope one day will, choose this different path.
‘But for as long as Russia does not, we will act together to protect our interests and the international order on which they depend.’
Source : http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/13/theresa-may-accuses-russia-of-meddling-in-elections-and-weaponising-information-7076744/